What Is Reiki?

In order to explain what Reiki is, I’d like to share the origins of reiki.

Reiki began in Japan with Mikao Usui who was a man determined to find enlightenment. He attended buddhist schools as a child and was around monks for most of his life. Despite this, he still felt like he hadn’t found enlightenment and set fourth on a journey to find her.

According to buddhist belief, there are three ways to reach enlightenment:

Retreat
Trauma
Death

Mikao Usui had attended a spiritual retreat and still was unable to find the enlightenment he was searching for. Later in his life, before discovering reiki, he was a (neither successful nor un-successful) business man who eventually went bankrupt; marking his encounter with a traumatic experience.

The only thing he hadn’t experienced up until this point was death.

So he went up to the mountain to starve himself. During this time, he received reiki. He took this as the enlightenment he had been searching for but needed confirmation. He came down the mountain and shared his story with a master who gave him confirmation. He began sharing reiki and healed many people.

He eventually opened up a school and it is his students who have carried it to where it is today.

What is reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese energy balancing/healing system developed by Mikao Usui.

The word reiki is made up of two Japanese symbols:

Rei + Ki = (Soul + Energy)

This is the Japanese symbol for Reiki.

There are THREE PILLARS of Reiki.

Gassho

Meditation

This is a daily practice that allows the practitioner to create the space and connect to reiki energy.

Gokai

Kotodamas

These are like Japanese mantras that are chanted to invite happiness into the space.

Chiryo

Treatment

This is where the practitioner transmits reiki energy to the patient.

How does it work?

Reiki, soul energy, is moved through the body and affects our main energy points, the chakras.
We use reiki to balance these energy points.

In person, this is accomplished through the use of hands.

With distance reiki, the practitioner connects to the energy of the patient using a special symbol, kotodama and by using a photo, visual memory, or video chat.

This is the symbol for distance reiki.

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